This is really getting out of hand.
According to Fortune Magazine, Colin Kaepernick’s “sit gate” of the national anthem is still causing controversy, now the police union might be planning a protest of their own.
A California police union said its members might stop working San Francisco 49ers home games after quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem over racial injustice and police violence.
Members of the Santa Clara police union asked the 49ers to take action against Kaepernick or “it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities,” according to a letter obtained by NBC Bay Area.
“I’m already hearing it this week that next week on Monday Night Football, some officers are not going to work,” said Frank Saunders, president of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association, according to NBC Bay Area. “The 49ers are allowing this to come out from an employee and it’s making for a hostile work environment for us at the stadium.”
Kaepernick has defended his protest, responding to critics and telling reporters he is not “anti-American.”
“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee, so I have the utmost respect for them,” he said during the 49ers game on Thursday, according to USA Today.
He promised to donate $1 million to groups devoted to this cause.
It’s really shocking that the police would be allowed to ‘protest’ doing their jobs in this manner, mainly because their ‘publicized protest’ could put potentially put thousands of fans’ lives in harm’s way. Why make the people suffer for the personal decision of one man? Who’s really being punished here, the man or the people?
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